FIFA orders Zamalek to pay former players

FIFA orders Zamalek to pay former players
Zamalek club chairman Mortada Mansour holds a shoe against zamalek fans during the 2017 CAF Champions League game between Zamalek and Al Ahly Tripoli at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt on in Alexandria, Egypt, on 9 July 2017 © BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jul 21, 2018. 15:00

The latest news coming from Egypt is that Zamalek have been fined by FIFA and given two months to pay former players.

FIFA has sanctioned the White Knights with a CHF 25,000 fine and has given the club 60 days to pay late dues to former players.

According to a statement posted on the world football governing body's website, FIFA has rodered the club to pay ex-players and Zamalek could face an automatic deduction of six points should they fail to do so.

On the other hand, Zamalek could also face automatic imposition of a transfer ban for two entire and consecutive registration periods if it fails to meet the final deadline.

However, the statement did not specify the concerned player, as the Cairo giants are facing several monetary problems with former players including Cameroonian midfielder Alexis Mendomo and Ghanaian defender Karim Alhassan.

Zamalek is among six other clubs that were hit by the FIFA sanctions, including Al-Arabi Sports Club and Al-Kharaitiyat, both from Qatar, Al-Jazira SC of the United Arab Emirates, Mersin İdman Yurdu Spor Kulübü of Turkey and FC Kuban of Russia.

Back in May, FIFA made a new amendment to its disciplinary code after noting that in recent years "a very high number of football stakeholders, mainly clubs, keep on failing to respect decisions, namely those that were passed by the Dispute Resolution Chamber or the Players' Status Committee".

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